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Ben Webster

Ben Webster
Born: Mar 27, 1909 in Kansas City, MO
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Died: Sep 20, 1973 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Genre: Jazz, Pop/Rock
Biography: Ben Webster was considered one of the "big three" of swing tenors along with Coleman Hawkins (his main influence) and Lester Young. He had a tough, raspy, and brutal tone on stomps (with his own distinctive growls) yet on ballads he would turn into a pussy cat and play with warmth and sentiment. After ...Read full biography
See You At The Fair
Released: 1964
Label: Impulse! Records
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Ben Webster's final American recording was one of his greatest. At 55, the tenor saxophonist was still very much in his prime but considered out of style in the U.S. He would soon permanently move to Europe ...Read full review
Soulville
Released: 1957
Label: Verve Records
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The by turns grizzled and vaporous-toned Webster really hit his stride on the Verve label. During a stretch from roughly 1953-1959, the Ellington alumnus showcased his supreme playing with both combos ...Read full review